A fast-paced gem: I read this in about 24 hours because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get anything done this morning if I didn’t finish (although I did talk a walk before part three, on a cold bleak day: very fitting to set up the last part of the book). Set in a dystopian future that was indeed reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale as well as several other novels – check out the December issue of Elle, where Margaret Atwood interviews Louise Erdrich: swoon! Two of my favorite authors. Cedar, adopted and beloved daughter of two progressive liberals in Minnesota, becomes pregnant right at the cusp of the change, when society starts moving backward and babies stop being born healthy, if they survive at all. After traveling north to meet her Ojibwe birth mother and family, Cedar returns to a home already different and goes directly into hiding. An amazing story of courage, love, and resilience in the face of adversity, a fitting read for today’s uncertain time.